Fly-in to feature biplane rides, poker run
A flying poker run for pilots, rides in a vintage biplane, as well as social events and safety seminars add unique touches to the annual McCall Family Fly-In, Aug. 12-14.
Pilots, aviation enthusiasts and families will converge at the McCall Airport for the weekend event, sponsored by the Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Aeronautics, the city of McCall and the McCall Airport.
Event highlights include:
“Pilots and their families from around the country are drawn to Idaho because of the unique access to the backcountry,” says Frank Lester, Division of Aeronautics. “McCall is the gateway to Idaho’s wilderness, and the community provides an ideal destination point.”
Aircraft displays, military fly-bys, children’s activities, a pancake breakfast, lake tours and tours of the smoke jumper base also are on the weekend agenda. Free airplane flights will be offered to children ages 8-17 through the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program.
Cee Dub, an Idaho native, returns to the Fly-In to lead his popular Dutch oven cooking classes. Dutch oven cooking appeals to campers and especially to pilots who fly into the backcountry. Welch’s stories and recipes come from years in the backcountry as part of river and hunting trips, and as a conservation officer for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
The McCall Family Fly-In is open to the public. Fees may apply for some activities. For program details and to register, visit www.itd.idaho.gov/aero or call the Idaho Division of Aeronautics at (208) 334-8775 or (800) 426-4587 (toll-free in Idaho only). For lodging, call In!Idaho at (800) 844-3246 or visit www.inidaho.com .
The Fly-In is organized by the Idaho Division of Aeronautics, the city of McCall, the McCall Airport, the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce, McCall Aviation, the McCall chapter of the Idaho Aviation Association and numerous volunteers. Sponsors include Tamarack Resort, McCall Air and Appleton Air Sports.